September 12, 2020 – 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

“Building our lives on the firm foundation of certainty and conviction and declaring Him, with passion, faithfulness and commitment, as the Lord!”

(Based on 1 Cor 10:14-22 and Lk 6:43-49 – Saturday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time – Feast of the Most Holy name of Mary)

What is common to…
… a sports match, a theatre-act, a street-play, a cinema-show, a circus-extravaganza, a musical-concert, a dance-display’…?

Any guesses…??

Yes… it’s the audience!

Audience are the onlookers who cheer and enjoy the performances.

But they themselves don’t participate.

Though they might seek to get involved emotionally, a little…
…. they still remain mere watchers and spectators.

A similar attitude is perhaps strongly seen in our following of Christ.

We seem to have become a people who are mere spectators to the teachings of Christ.
We seem to have reduced ourselves to being mere onlookers of the Gospel values.

The Gospel of the Day calls us to examine our real attitude and position in being a follower of Christ.

The Lord declares today, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’, but do not do what I command?” (Lk 6:46)

The Lord is clear to tell that a mere lip-confession that Jesus is the Lord will not suffice in finding a place in the Kingdom…

How much do we really mean when we call Jesus as the Lord?

These days, “Jesus is Lord” and “Praise the Lord” are phrases that are very commonly used.

Sometimes we use them without being aware of it.
Sometimes we use them without actually meaning it.

The word, “Lord” – Kurios in Greek – means a possessor or the master of a thing or a sovereign prince or an emperor.

We call Jesus as our Lord and give praises to Him as the Lord…

But do we really consider Him as the possessor of all our thoughts and plans and aspirations?
Do we acknowledge Him as the Master of our broken past, our worrying present and our unknown future?
Do we enthrone Him as the Prince and Emperor to rule over all our desires and ambitions?

Very often, “Jesus is Lord” becomes a mere “profession” limited to the lips!

This aspect of “professing” but “failing to perform” is an aspect seen in various areas of our lives…

Politicians “profess” many promises and oaths…
…but many fail in their “profession” and indulge in unfair and corrupt practices.

Doctors “profess” an oath of being true to the service of the suffering humanity…
…but many fail in their “profession” and engage in cheating and swindling patients.

Lawyers “profess” to be honest and guardians of the truth and justice…
…but many fail in their “profession” and involve themselves in violating the law.

The religious circles are no exemption to this “cancerous” trend…

Religious “profess” to lead a life the consecrated vows and promises…
… but many fail in their “profession” and get busy with many worldly concerns and cares.

Priests “profess” to be committed to spreading the Gospel and the love of God to all…
…but many fail in their “profession” and lose track of the real focus and aim of priesthood.

Husbands and wives “profess” to be with each other in every situation and troubles of life…
…but many fail in their “profession” and break up in irreconcilable fights and disputes.

Christians “profess” to be the light of the world and salt to the earth at the Baptism…
….but many fail in their “profession” and often become scandals and anti-witnesses.

The Lord dishes out a challenging message today…

A “profession” without true faithfulness can be a dangerous one.
A “profession” without living up to its demands is highly destructive.

This is what the Lord reminds us through the parable of the two foundations (Lk 6: 46-49)

The house built on firm rock remains firm in every storm or calamity.

The house built on loose sand gets destroyed in any storm or calamity.

Is the “profession” that I make, built…
… on the firm rock of certainty and conviction?
… or on the loose sand of uncertainty and confusion?

St Paul strongly exhorts us to grow in our faith in the Lord…
… and in the unity we share with one another, by our communion with the Lord:
“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?

Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” (1 Cor 10:16-17)

Christian calling is not a call to remain mere spectators or an onlooker.

A spectator enjoys the fun from far…
… a participant is fully involved in joy and satisfaction.

An onlooker appreciates a performance without being affected…
… a participant struggles hard for it.

Christianity is a call to get involved in the realities of life, with the power and love of the Lord.

Our “profession” to call Him as our Lord…
… ought to get translated into our day to day living.
… ought to make a purposive choice to do God’s Will.
… ought to be a preferential option for God’s Word.

Let us build our lives on the firm foundation of certainty and conviction and declare Him, with passion, faithfulness and commitment, as the Lord!

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy name of Mary, the Mother of God.

Mother Mary always points us to God, reminding us of infinite goodness of God

She helps us to open our hearts to the Ways of God, wherever those may lead.

Let us seek the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary to give heed to the call of the Lord to build a firm foundation of conviction and certainty…
… and reform our lives, so that our love for the Lord may show forth in true obedience and sincere submission!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Those who wish to straighten a young tree,
not only to bring it to the direction in which they wish it to grow…

… but even bend it somewhat beyond, so that it will not return to its former direction!”

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